Construction has begun on 505-517 W. 31st Street, a seven-story building that will house up to 187 people. The building will consist of 73 apartments, including eight affordable housing units. The NANDC Policy Committee had a significant effect on the overall design of the building to give it an industrial look more appropriate for the area. The Committee engaged in a dialogue with the developer that resulted in design and landscaping changes. At the August 22, 2017 meeting the developer showed the original design, then modified the design presented at last meeting.
NANDC supported the development based on its design presentation at its Board meeting on September 7, 2017. The modifications satisfactorily addressed concerns previously expressed and the
NANDC Board supported the project moving forward.
The modifications were as follows:
· Weren’t able to adjust height in order to preserve inclusion of 2 affordable units
· Tried to maximize transparency at ground level and use shade trees and more native/drought-tolerant plants
· More breaks to make more open to street
· Balconies preserve more industrial look, removed brick from there and converted to metal
· Plaque on building to acknowledge historic use of the land. The Stewart Farmhouse had been relocated from the site to Highland Park.
· Internal landscaping enhances street view and also mutes/muffles noise/pollution from fwy
· Additional landscaping/setbacks were created in order to respond to community feedback
· Worked with Landscape Architect firm SQLA – provided historic info about Stewart land and the firm found similar plants
The project will be completed in 2021.